Roméo Dallaire and David Chilton join Winnipeg luminaries for 2017 STARTS NOW – a Canada 150 Conference series on May 3, 2013

April 30, 2013

Multi-city conference series aimed at developing best ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017

The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire and star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den, David Chilton, joins Winnipeg’s most passionate, engaged and thoughtful figures from a diverse range of pursuits — including the arts, business, activism and academia — at Winnipeg Union Station on Friday, May 3 for an exploratory discussion on how best to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

CBC/Radio-Canada, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Via Rail Canada, is sparking the national conversation about Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation with the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series, in collaboration with other local and national organizations.

CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW is a series of regional conferences taking place across the country from April to June 2013. Developed to inform and inspire, CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW will ignite local, regional and national conversations around what 2017 means, and how we should celebrate Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation. The conferences will be held in both official languages and will bring together citizens and leaders from communities across every region of the country, representing every demographic of our diverse society.

The Winnipeg event is one of a dozen related conferences being held across the country, aimed at informing, inspiring and incubating local and regional projects and ideas to mark the country’s sesquicentennial, and to develop new ways to connect Canadians to national initiatives. Canadians will have the opportunity to watch the 12 CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conferences via live stream on the interactive digital platform at Additionally, Canadians can participate in the conferences live by submitting questions and comments to @cbclive #Canada150 on Twitter.

Ideas and suggestions generated at the conferences will be compiled and presented at the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW summary event in Ottawa on June 27.

You can also learn more about the CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW Conversation Kit, created to sustain this national dialogue beyond the 2017 Starts Now conference series, at The 2017 Conversation Kit will connect Canadians in their communities, at their kitchen tables and in boardrooms. It will contain tools and resources that will help people across the country to engage in the conversation and spark ideas for celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

TIME: 9 A.M. (CT)

Confirmed speakers for the Winnipeg event include:

Duncan McCue – reporter, CBC’s The National (host)
Geneviève Murchison – morning show host, Radio-Canada, Manitoba (host)
Ian Bird – CEO, Community Foundations of Canada
David Chilton – star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den & author
Aimee Craft – PhD Student, Metis, Anishinabe Attorney
Roméo A. Dallaire – Lieutenant-General, Canadian Senator
Rick Frost – CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation
Mariette Mulaire – president, World Trade Winnipeg
Gillian Hewitt-Smith – executive director and CEO, Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Anthony Kiendl – executive director and artistic director of the Plugin Gallery
Deborah Morrison–president of Canada's National History Society and publisher of Canada's History Magazine
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano – chief legal & corporate affairs, corporate secretary, VIA
Paul Smith – chairman, VIA Rail Canada
Harold Westdal – director, Trans Canada Trails

For additional event information and speaker bios, please visit

Tickets are available, however, seating is limited. To attend, please register at or email

For further information or to arrange access/interviews, contact:

Renee Weekes
senior publicist, CBC
416-205-2053 (office)
416-729-7945 (cell)

For Radio-Canada
Martine Bordeleau
communications manager, Radio-Canada

For VIA Rail Canada
Jacques C. Gagnon
senior manager, Community and Media Relations, Legal and Corporate Affairs

For Community Foundations of Canada
Anne-Marie McElrone
vice president, Public Engagement
613-236-2664 x 304

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